False Prophecies of LDS Prophets
In this section you will find many false prophecies from the founder of the LDS Religion, Joseph Smith
Deut. 18:22, Moses wrote, “ When a prophet speakth in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
Joseph Smith said on Feb. 1835 (History of the church 2:182) it was the will of God that those who went to Zion with a determination to lay down their lives (if necessary) should be ordained to the ministry. Also, to go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, for the coming of the Lord, which was nigh-even Fifty-six years should wined up the scene. (This is saying that Jesus should have come back to earth in Feb. of 1891. We see that this did not take place.)
Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter. (When God reveals things to people He does not sound unsure like he does in this passage. God is all knowing. There is no “if” when He speaks of prophecy. Again Joseph did not live to see 85 and Jesus did not return.)
Verse (1) In 1832 Joseph Smith prophesied the beginning of the civil war will begin in South Carolina.
(Truth) This was not a prophecy. It was published in newspapers in 1802 that South Carolina attempted to secede from the USA, and speculation of a civil war was rumored.
Verses (2&3) Time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place. For behold the southern states shall be divided against the northern states and the southern states will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, and they shall also call upon other nations----war shall be poured out upon all nations.
(Truth) Even before the war, British Prime Minister Viscount Palmerston urged a policy of neutrality (Webster's Definition: : the quality or state of being neutral; especially : refusal to take part in a war between other powers) War was unlikely in any event, for the U.S. was providing Britain with over 40% of its wheat ("corn") imports during the war years, and suspension would have caused massive famine because Britain imported about 35-45% of its grain, and poor crops in France made it even more dependent on shiploads from New York.
The LDS church would say that Great Britain did get involved in the Civil War but as history proves the only nations that were involved in the civil war were North America and the confederate states of America. Great Britain was never involved in this war.
Verse (4) And it shall come to pass after many days slaves shall rise up against their masters.
(Truth) This also did not take place.
Verse (5) And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land will marshal themselves and shall become exceedingly angry and shall vex the gentiles with sore vexation.
(Truth) There was never a full out war with the Native Americans during the Civil War,
D&C 84:1-5, This generation should not pass away before a great temple is built on the western boundaries of the state of Missouri. And this city will be called New Jerusalem.
(Truth) This prophecy was made on September 22 and 23 1832. 175 years have gone by and there still is no temple on this site. In the mid to late 1800’s The Evening and the Morning star, Vol. 2 no.14 pg.105 it said “ when, therefore any man no matter who or how high his standing may be utter or publishes anything that afterwards proves to be untrue, he is a false prophet.”
So according to Joseph Smith he is considered a false prophet. So if the founder of Mormonism is a fraud, does that mean the church is a fraud?
Young Women Journal Vol. 3 PG 263-264, Joseph Smith Described, “the inhabitants of the moon as being about six-foot tall, dressed like Quakers, and living to be about 1000 Years Old.
Brigham Young also stated in 1870 in the Journal of Discourses Vol. 13 PG 271, That the sun was also inhabited.
(Truth) Modern technology has proven that people live neither on the moon nor the sun, due to inclimate conditions that would prohibit human existence.
Here are other false prophecies by Joseph Smith:
(History of the Church, Vol. 5, page 394) The United States Government to be overthrown in a few years.
(History of the Church (HC), vol. 6, p. 116,) Congress to be broken up as a government.
(History of the Church, Vol. 1, pp. 315-316) Pestilence, Hail, Famine & Earthquake to destroy the wicked.
How is it that a man who has direct access to God be so wrong on all of his prophecies?